ONE cow shy of 400 have left Bauhinia and are making their way to Emerald as part of Stock Up for Hope Charity Drove.
The drove set out on Sunday from the town where the official launch took place with 250 gathering at the Bauhinia Showgrounds.
Bush and city chefs went head-to-head in a camp oven cook-off, with talented local riders competing in a campdraft and children bouncing the afternoon away on jumping castles as multi Golden Guitar-winning country music artist Brendon Walmsley entertained the crowd.
The donated cattle will help organisers raise $300,000 in support of regional young people through Scripture Union Queensland school chaplaincy.
"Not only did locals donate quality livestock, but they also bid extravagantly on farm products donated by Ag N Vet and other local suppliers, raising nearly $4,000," drove director Duncan Brown said.
The cattle will now spend the next five weeks on the road before arriving in Emerald where they will be sold at auction on October 27.
The next stop on the drove is at Springsure on Wednesday, October 12, for the Campdraft Classic where Australia's top 20 open riders will compete along with Celebrity Campdraft, Battle of the Towns and Golden Guitar winners Carter and Carter performing.